Diananess, an exhibition conceived in close cooperation between Christiane Blattmann (*Stuttgart 1983, lives and works in Brussels and Hamburg) and Jannis Marwitz (*Nürnberg 1985, lives and works in Brussels), opens on the last days of summer in a city house in Marseille. The shared invitation of Hospitality, a nomadic exhibition project based in Cologne, and Le Berceau, a project space in Marseille, is based on the principles of spatial intimacy and cooperation.
The semi-private setting of the space and its specific implications mark the framework of the presentation of sculptural works by Christiane Blattmann and paintings by Jannis Marwitz. While Jannis Marwitz quote architectural and mythological references, and deliver dense intertwined pictorial informations, Christiane Blattmanns sculptures have painterly qualities at times. Her filigrane braided works can be seen as abstract spatial drawings, while involving functionary objects like spears and ropes, and an arsenal of floral and faunal references. Other works like her shoe like-sculptures mix footwear and architectural modelling.
Both artists developed the project on shared ideas and discussions around their practice, resulting in new works and surprising relations but also discoveries that seem to be hidden yet familiar. This occurs in an inextricable tension in the shared consideration of language and the medium they work in. The title might give a slippery hint – referencing both princess Diana and the mythological goddess of hunting.
Christiane Blattmann shows works in close consideration of the architectural environment, between the in- and outside, while Jannis Marwitz shows architectural paintings, drawings and for the fist time sculptural work.
Le Berceau is a temporary exhibition space in Marseille run by Oriane Durand, Hospitality is initiated by Carla Donauer
The project is kindly supported by Kunststiftung NRW and Nelly Gérard.